Personal Story

So Long John. Until We Meet Again.

Big cities are full of activity, action, and progress. Most people are busy running from one place to the next that they will often miss beautiful opportunities to connect with their fellow man on a real and meaningful level. I just found out that my friend John passed away the other day. John was a

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Negotiations, Personal Story

The Five Love Languages of Real Estate

On Wednesday, I told you about how knowing the local language helped me close a deal because I spoke the language of the locals. No, it wasn’t because I knew Spanish (which I do) or some other foreign language. Have you ever read the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman? It’s a great

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Personal Story

I Just Wanted Pancakes But Ended Up In A Gang War

If you’re old enough, you’ll probably remember hearing about the huge feud between the L.A. street gangs known as the Bloods and the Crips. Living in Los Angeles, I am no stranger to different gangs and I am not at all intimidated by gang members. But the truth is that even though the cost of

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Mindset, Personal Story, Probate Niche

Raden’s Probate Hell

Sadly, the Vargas family’s Italian vacation is coming to a close. We fly out today to head back home. We’ve all made memories I’m sure we will keep forever. But, I am looking forward to getting back to work. To be honest, I have been doing a bit of work while on the road. I’ve

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Personal Story, Probate Business

I Became a Privileged Roman Citizen Yesterday

Have you ever visited the Colosseum in Rome? We are about a week into our 2 1/2 week vacation and yesterday we took a private tour of the Colosseum. Our tour guide was amazing. In fact, he had the same traits my Probate Fox students have: strategy, wisdom, and cleverness. Over the years working in

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Personal Story

I’m Bringing My Dog With Me

So I heard that today is “Take Your Dog To Work Day”. That’s great news for me because I love my dogs. I have taken my German Shepard, Zoe or Kalea my whipador to work many times before. That’s the beauty of real estate. Kids soccer games, dance recitals, take your dog to work day

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Mindset, Personal Story

Rocky Balboa Won the Kentucky Derby

Last weekend one of the greatest upsets in all of sports history happened. And I didn’t think much of it until I saw an Instagram video from Sylvester Stallone about the race and the deeper meaning he found in that race. The horse Rich Strike was added to the race as an afterthought. I mean

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Personal Story

Blood Sucking Job That Saved My Life

Way back, many moons ago before I discovered the magical world of real estate investing, I worked a lot of different jobs. But I wouldn’t really call them jobs. They were more like J.O.B.s (Just Over Broke). But I wasn’t even over broke. I had no money at all. What I did have was a

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Personal Story, Real Estate Investing

His Wife Literally Flushed His Dreams Down the Toilet

Last summer I took my son, Ernie Jr., and a group of boys in his boy scout troop on a two-week backpacking trip in the mountains of New Mexico. We had no cell service or any kind of modern-day distractions so we had an absolute blast singing and sharing stories with each other. Frank, who

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Personal Story

The Hawaiian Fortune Teller

Back in early 2020, before the shut down, I went on vacation with my family to my favorite place in the whole wide world – Hawaii. I really do love Hawaii. I’ve been there a bunch of times and every time I go, I try to dig a little deeper into the local culture. The

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Personal Story

The Vargas Family Christmas Tradition

Every family has a Christmas tradition. Some people sing Christmas carols around their neighborhood while others bake Christmas cookies. The Vargas family does things a bit different. We make tamales. And not just a few tamales. We make TONS of tamales. Why tamales for Christmas, you ask? It’s actually a California tradition. I read an

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Personal Story

Oh How I Used to Hate My Job

Back in the late 1990’s I worked for a big box store called Price Club. If you’ve never heard of Price Club, I’m not surprised, but you’ve probably know of the store and maybe even shopped at it a time or two because it eventually rebranded itself as Costco. I had a secure job there

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